The new building, featuring an eye-catching undulating timber-coated roof, replaces an aging 1950s concrete dome that once housed the club's indoor courts.
The modern facility is located opposite the iconic outdoor Wimbledon courts and forms a crucial part of the club's wider development plan to enhance connectivity and optimize playing conditions.
According to Mike Taylor, principal architect at Hopkins Architects, the decision to replace the existing accommodation with the new indoor tennis centre unlocked strategic benefits for the club.
The relocation of clay courts to the site allowed for more space on the main campus, facilitating better entry and queuing areas, along with convenient car parking and storage below the courts. The redesigned landscaping also integrates circulation, plants, and a new players' entrance seamlessly.
The indoor tennis centre's design was inspired by tennis rackets, evident in the sweeping, double-curved roof constructed from steel beams.
Birch veneer panels line the ceiling, adding a touch of elegance and handcrafted quality to the facility. Strips of glazing, forming skylights that illuminate the playing areas, span the length of the space.
The facility replaces an ageing 1950s concrete dome
The indoor courts were meticulously designed to provide optimal playing conditions. Perforations in the pre-curved timber roof panels contribute to excellent acoustic conditions, enhancing the overall tennis experience. A glass-balustraded viewing balcony offers spectators a panoramic view of the six indoor courts.
While the new courts will not host Championship matches, they play a crucial role in supporting the logistics and hosting of the tournament. Furthermore, the indoor tennis centre will be an integral part of the club members' year-round usage.
The upper level of the building features areas facilitating the smooth running of the club's annual championships, including dispatch and waiting areas for chauffeurs.
It is located at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon. Photo is by Willmott Dixon
Hopkins Architects has also incorporated additional facilities to enhance the Wimbledon experience.
A drop-off area beneath two raised clay courts and a new entrance guide players towards a reception area, leading to a new underground tunnel that provides direct access to the main grounds.
Additionally, a basement-level car park and storage space for chillers when the roof is closed on Wimbledon's Centre Court have been added.
The new indoor tennis centre at the All England Lawn Tennis Club stands as a remarkable addition, combining cutting-edge design, optimal playing conditions, and a commitment to improving the overall Wimbledon experience.
With its undulating timber-coated roof, this architectural marvel is poised to elevate the storied tradition of tennis at Wimbledon to even greater heights.
The addition of the indoor tennis centre by Hopkins Architects at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon is a testament to innovative design and strategic planning.
The undulating timber-coated roof, inspired by tennis rackets, adds a touch of elegance to the facility. With six indoor courts optimized for playing conditions and excellent amenities, the centre enhances the club's overall experience for members and visitors alike.
By unlocking strategic benefits and improving connectivity across the site, the new facility is set to elevate the tradition of tennis at Wimbledon to new heights.